Ford Crown Victoria Being Hoarded By Police Departments

Ford Crown Victoria Being Hoarded By Police Departments

After serving for more than 30 years, the Ford Crown Victoria has established a sterling reputation as the police car of choice. Ford is ending production of the Crown Vic Police Interceptor at the company’s St. Thomas, Ontario, factory and despite stopping sales of Crown Vics to consumers in 2008, Ford continues to make them available to fleets.

Sales to law enforcement agencies have been increasing as Ford prepares to launch new police vehicles based on the Taurus and Explorer.  Through the first seven months of the year, Crown Vic sales are up 64 percent to 35,203 units. The Crown Vic enjoyed widespread success due to its two bench, six passenger seating layout and gearshift mounted on the steering column. The vehicle was introduced in 1983 and was the top choice of law enforcement in 1996-2010.  The Crown Vic’s death was further pushed by the federal government requiring automakers to boost their average fuel economy to 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016 and to 54 mpg by 2025. The Crown Vic’s 16 mpg city mileage is not very appealing, nor efficient.

Currently, the Crown Vic makes up about 70 percent of the police vehicle market, but Ford’s new offerings aren’t being warmly received by police departments. One officer told the Detroit Free Press that he was stocking up on Crown Vic’s, as the new Ford offerings were inadequate for their needs. The officer stated that the Dodge Charger and Chevrolet Caprice were being looked at, something Ford does not want to happen.

[Source: Detroit Free Press]

  • Jose

    They really should have kept building them.

  • Nikki

    I was a police officer for a number of years, the space of the Crown Vic is much needed as far as a car unit goes. SUVs are nice, but not as quick and Impalas, Chargers etc all lack the space needed for the ever expanding need for equipment in the squads! This is a big mistake on Fords part.

  • Edwin

    What Ford should do is just throw an Ecoboost V6 into these Crown Vics…it’s obvious that the police really appreciate these vehicles.

  • CA

    Edwin has a very good point.

  • Carl

    Good point Edwin. Are you listening yet Ford? Ecoboost V6 and 5.0 V8 with 6 speed automatic and you could own this market again. Not to mention giving me the sedan of my dreams, a long modern American fullsize sedan with a classic name and new car balls thanks to the DOHC V8! Long Live the Crown Victoria!!!
    I speak for all cars!

  • Ann Davis

    We are in our seventies and own a crown vic. It gets as just as good gas milleage around town as cars that say they get in the 20s. The only car that gets over 17 around town is so small, no power, etc. that it is useless. We need a car with room and one in which you can carry pieces of lumber and other things. We also want smooth rides. I wish they would bring back the crown vic. Ours is ten years old and we are babying it to make it last.

  • Joe Fay

    Love my 2008 Marquis (Mercury version of the Crown Vic). I consistently get 28 MPG on the highway. It’s comfortable, fast and reliable. 60K on the odeometer and I have only lubed, changed the oil and replaced tires. Ford is making a big mistake. The Crown Vic should be viewed as a specialty vehicle and get Federal dispensation from the CAFE requirements.